a senior student at an English public school who is given authority over other students.

Also prepositor, prepostor.

Origin of praepostor

From the Medieval Latin word praepositor, dating back to 1510–20. See prae-, posit, -tor
Related formsprae·pos·to·ri·al [pree-po-stawr-ee-uh l, -stohr-] /ˌpri pɒˈstɔr i əl, -ˈstoʊr-/, adjective




Also pre·pos·tor [pree-pos-ter] /priˈpɒs tər/. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for prepostor

Historical Examples of prepostor

  • It wasn't till some year or so after the events recorded above that the prepostor of their room and passage left.

British Dictionary definitions for prepostor


prepostor (priːˈpɒstə)


British rare a prefect in any of certain public schools

Word Origin for prepositor

C16: from Latin praepositus placed before
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